Crews continue battling Ten Mile, Sterling Complex fires

Posted at 11:09 AM, Aug 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-20 13:09:36-04

LIBBY – There are now 300 firefighters and a Type 2 Incident Management Team battling several wildfires that continue to burn on the Kootenai National Forest.

The Ten Mile fire has now burned 681 acres and is 91% contained while the nearby Sterling Complex fire has burned a total of 1,216 acres and is 23% contained.

Fire managers report a Hotshot crew successfully brought fire to pre-established containment lines in the northwestern corner of the Huckleberry fire on Sunday.

Meanwhile, along the western flank of the Pinkham Tower Fire, heavy equipment is expected to complete containment line Monday that joins the containment line located on the north and northeastern flanks of the fire.

Crews are also preparing to perform a similar burning operation on the Pinkham Tower Fire where several large spot fires established between the primary Pinkham Tower Fire and its larger spot fire to the east.

All of the blazes were sparked by lightning. 

A pre-evacuation notice remains in effect for Edna Creek Road, Lake Creek Road, Sutton Ridge Road, and Swamp Creek Road. Residents in those areas are being advised be prepared to evacuate on short notice The most up-to-date evacuation information can be found by calling (406) 293-6295.

Several road and trail closures remain in effect in the area and Stage 2 Fire Restrictions remain in effect in Lincoln County.